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How do you do it?
I'm currently Learning some new pieces for my upcoming ABRSM Grade 3 exam. (missing 1&2 and going straight in at the deep end)
I have been learning the pieces to tempo (or trying to) but even with the metronome in the background, trying to follow the timing is so hard.
Luckily YouTube has a version of the pieces so I now have the benefit of some one else's interpretation, but without them........
(here's a simple example.....
I was born with nothing,
and to my surprise I still have most of it left!
How to keep time? Even with the piece memorized and the tune firmly stuck in the head on auto play it can be hard to maintain proper time soloing without slowing at least a little without slowing down. The brain loves to play tricks. To learn to keep time you can try tapping your foot to the beat. Play with videos, other players or using that metronome is a great way to do it! Does your exam allow an accompanist? It would be easier to keep time if you had one. My tuner has a led light metronome with the ability to not make a sound and flash the lights rythmically. You could have something like that on your music stand when you play.
I think it comes down to familiarity with the tune and how many hours of practice you have with it.
"Please play some wrong notes, so that we know that you are human" - said to Jascha Heifetz.
I recently started practicing with a metronome and have almost had to relearn some of my goto songs. What helps me is to have the ticking right in my ear with an earbud in my left ear, my metronome is on my ipod. I can definitely tell my brain is trying to focus on two things at once but it is getting easier.
I find that it helps greatly with fast songs but screws me up on slow songs.
A hoopy frood always knows where his towel is!
Hi Terry! There is a software called speedshifter and you get it at abrsm's site. Rest you can see at their site.
Get abrsm's cd for Grade 3 and play the cd through this software at any tempo.
If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it ..(William Shakespeare in Twelfth Night)
I also always found it much easier to play with other live musicians than to play to a metronome or click track. Drum machines can be kinda in-between.
But playing with a metronome does get easier with practice.
"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman
Of course my father (God rest his soul) taught me keeping time in a more old fashioned way... if I was on the guitar and he was on the fiddle and I so much as increased the tempo even by a little bit... I'd get an ear full about keeping appropriate time... and there were times the counseling was none too gentle. I don't recommend the yelling approach nor the getting whacked by a violin stick either.
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